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Minister vows to help victims of train collision

A rail guard was killed and a train driver airlifted to hospital on Tuesday morning.

FILE: Paramedics remove a woman who got injured following a train collision at Denver Station on 28 April 2015. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters vowed to support victims of the deadly Johannesburg train crash, saying government's plan to modernise locomotives will prevent accidents like this from happening in future.

A rail guard was killed and a train driver airlifted to hospital on Tuesday morning after a Tshwane Business Express train crashed into the back of a stationary Metro Plus train just after 7am at the Denver Station.

WATCH: Metrorail trains collide

At least 240 people were hurt during the collision and authorities have launched an urgent investigation to determine whether it was human error or a technical fault that caused the crash.

Commuters and first respondents described screams from passengers who were trapped in the train wreckage.

The Minister arrived on scene, saying this was a shock for all because the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has a good track record.

Peters said this doesn't mean that people must be concerned about using trains in future.

All those involved in the collision can go to the Pretoria and Park Stations on Wednesday to receive assistance if needed.

LISTEN: Railway Safety Regulator's Babalwa Mpendu: 'Investigators concluded the investigation'

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